HISTORY 311 - From Slavery to Freedom: African-American Life in the 19th Century
Section: 001
Term: FA 2006
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
May not be repeated for credit.
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During the 19th century African American life underwent a sea of change. The founding of independent black political, religious and cultural institutions, the transition from slavery to freedom, the emergence of women into public life, and the political enfranchisement then disenfranchisement of black men were among the transformations that would mean that African-American life in 1900, at the century's end, was remarkably different from that of 1800. This course will explore the nature of these changes in four units: the creation of community in the antebellum North, the culture of enslaved people, the black Civil War experience, and the century's final years with the rise of Jim Crow and the advent of the women's era. In addition to reading the work of historians, students will be asked to use maps, films, museum exhibits and nineteenth century newspapers to understand some of the forces that shaped the lives of black Americans. Students will be evaluated based upon contribution to class discussion and the completion of research and writing projects.

Intended audience:Undergraduates in general, especially those considering history concentration

Course Requirements:Attendance and participation; annotated map of pre-Civil War Detroit; proposal for a museum exhibit; 5-7 page critique of film; final 5-7 page paper reporting on gender and race; mid-term and final exam.

Class Format:3 hours of lecture per week

HISTORY 311 - From Slavery to Freedom: African-American Life in the 19th Century
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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